Sir Paul was in New York city last evening to attend the opening of the first exhibit of his artwork in the United States. The show is being held in the spacious, white-walled, sun-filled Matthew Marks Gallery which is said to provide a perfect setting for 26 of Sir Paul's large, vividly colored oil and acrylic paintings.
Why so many McCartney exhibits lately? In an interview to promote the book that accompanies his show, Paul McCartney: Paintings, Sir Paul explained ,"I knew I couldn't escape being called a celebrity painter and that's why I didn't paint seriously for so long because I didn't want that and because of the fact I felt any attention I would get would depend on my celebrity and not my pictures. But I missed getting feedback on my art, and I wanted a little of that, not so much the exhibits, but the feedback."
In the interview, Sir Paul went on to express his admiration for his chief mentor, Willem de Kooning. Linda's father Lee Eastman was de Kooning's attorney and the artist's studio was in East Hampton, N. Y., near the Eastman Long Island home. "I enjoy the De Kooning approach, the very wild approach, the spontaneous approach," Sir Paul revealed. "Other painters who have influenced me are Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso and Magritte."
Although none of the works displayed in this New York exhibit are for sale, lithographs of three McCartney works, "Egypt Station", "Ancient Connections", and "Big Mountain Face" are being offered for $1,750, with proceeds going to New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Britain's Garland Appeal for breast cancer research. The exhibit will run through Thursday, November 9.
On the eve of the opening, Sir Paul granted an interview (currently available for viewing via RealPlayer) with journalist Diane Sawyer which was broadcast on her ABC program Prime Time Thursday. Part 2 of the interview will be aired on Thursday, November 9.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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